That’s right: something’s coming. I can’t tell you about it yet, but next month I have something new that I am very excited to share with you.
Eeek! It’s so hard for me not to say anything and give it away, but I have to wait. I am working hard on a new book that I think is my best work yet. It is light and fun and silly, but it includes some of the deepest characterization and possibly the most intense emotional journey I’ve ever written. I sure hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I am loving writing it!
To pass the time between now and release day, I will be posting a few times, highlighting some of my previous books and sharing a bit about what they mean to me.
So thanks for coming along with me on this writing journey. I appreciate all your support. Be sure to follow me on social media to be first to know about my new project:
Hallie thought amnesia was a soap opera plot–until it happened to her. Now she has to figure out what happened during the missing hour of her life–or her best friend could end up dead in Boardwalk Cottage.
Boardwalk Cottage was actually the first Pajaro Bay novel I wrote (though it was released second). It was the very first book I ever submitted to a publisher, and the first time I was encouraged to become a professional writer. So it’s always been near and dear to my heart. I worked at a classic beachfront amusement park one memorable summer as a teen, and that is what gave me the idea to set a mystery there. I had such a good time revisiting my summer by the sea when I wrote Boardwalk Cottage. And Kyle Madrigal may be right–behind the flying saucer in the haunted house is the best place to steal a kiss (not that I have any personal experience with that or anything…).
Back in the olden days, I wanted desperately to be a published author. I thought success meant having an agent and a big New York house pick my book out of a slush pile and bless it with their approval.
Honeymoon Cottage was the turning point for me. I got an agent–who told me the book would never sell. I got a lot of editors from big name publishers to look at the book–and they said no one would want a novel that was part mystery, part romance, and part a woman’s journey to find herself. Everyone was an expert, with suggestions for how to make the book more “commercial,” more “acceptable,” more “right for the market.”
I finally got so frustrated I decided to self-publish Honeymoon Cottage just as I’d written it before the experts got a hold of it. It sold more copies the first year than if I’d gotten that coveted publishing contract, and I’ve never looked back. I discovered how powerful readers are, and how they are the only ones who really matter in this business. They choose what they want to read, and now they are the only “experts” I listen to.
In the years since, Honeymoon Cottage became the first in the Pajaro Bay series, and eventually, I made it free, to introduce the series to even more people. You can get it HERE at no cost, and I hope you know it comes with my eternal gratitude.
So thank you. Thank you for reading my books. Thank you for taking a chance on an author who you’d never heard of, who didn’t have a famous name or a big publisher behind her, and who didn’t have fancy covers or a big advertising budget or a splashy high-concept gimmick. She just wanted to tell you a story about some people and their journey through life.
Thank you for allowing me to share the books of my heart with people all over the world. Thank you for keeping me going with your emails, and your reviews, and your purchases of my books. You will never know how much it means to me to share these stories with you.
An outcast girl uses her magical swordfighting skill to help a lost prince regain his throne in Lark’s Quest, first in the Deeds of the Ariane romantic fantasy series.
Lark’s Quest is the “book of my heart.” I began the story as far back as college, when I was majoring in Medieval Studies and Political Science. Over the years the story continued to haunt me, until I finally put it all down on paper. There are many more volumes planned, and I hope to return to the world of the Silver Isle soon! I hope you enjoy this high fantasy tale of good and evil, justice and revenge. –Barb
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